Juniors, seniors gear up for SAT, ACT

What West Shore seniors are stressing over and what they do to help cope with stress.


College is usually one of the first things in the minds of juniors and seniors. One important requirement to get into college is to take two specific tests, and these assessments — the ACT and SAT — could determine which college you get into.

The ACT (American College Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) are both college entrance tests. Students can take one or the other, but it’s suggested that they take both. The purpose of the two tests are to ensure they can get into college. The tests are nationally recognized and help colleges in making administrative decisions regarding student placement.

“Take it early enough in your junior year so you can take it again if you don’t love your scores,” guidance counselor Dina Dearmin said.

She helps students every day who are stressing over college admissions and standardized tests.

“Get a good night’s rest because you don’t want to cram for a test like this,” she said. “Understand the rules. And just stay calm because you can take it again and again.”

These tests are usually proctored at large comprehensive high schools and tests are administered throughout the school year.

Testing Dates- Dec. 7, Jan. 25, March 28, May 3, June 7.

Register at http://sat.collegeboard.org


Testing Dates- Dec. 14, Feb. 8, April 12, June 14.

Register at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/

By Ana Rosal